During the International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Las Vegas, 84 Lumber Co. announced the launch of its “We Build American” initiative encouraging builders, remodelers and homebuyers to use American-made materials when building or remodeling a home.

More than 180 companies in 40 states selling American-made products have joined the initiative.

Maggie Hardy Magerko, president and owner of 84 Lumber, says, “This initiative is designed to spread the word that you can build homes with approximately 95 percent American-made materials and products, have a higher quality home, and maintain and create American jobs – all with little impact on overall building costs.”

According to 84 Lumber, current American homes contain an estimated 65 percent of American-made and –sourced materials.

“If every American builder used just 5 to 10 percent more American products in the homes that they build, it would add an enormous number of American jobs in communities across the country,” says Jeff Nobers, Vice President, Marketing & Public Relations at 84 Lumber. “From sawmills in Georgia and Mississippi, to nail manufacturers in Illinois, Americans would be put to work making American products for American homes.”

Marnie Oursler, president of Marnie Homes in Bethany Beach, Delaware, and creator of the “We Build American” initiative says, “I encourage custom and production builders to seriously consider using American products moving forward. Talk to your material supplier about sourcing these products.”

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